Limnology

2018/2019

Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module builds on knowledge gained in general chemistry and general biology

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives

Knowledge

Students who have passed the module should be able to

  • Describe key components of freshwater ecosystems
  • Describe relevant theory for physical, chemical and biological processes in freshwater ecosystems
  • Describe the dominant anthropogenic types of pollution affecting freshwater ecosystems
  • Differentiate between major types of streams, rivers and lakes
  • Explain the exchange of matter between aquatic and terrestrial environments
  • Explain lake and river ecosystem dependence on light, temperature, nutrients and organic matter
  • Describe primary production, respiration and re-oxidation in freshwater ecosystems
  • Account for current river and lake restoration methods
  • Describe important organic and inorganic pollutants and pollution effects in freshwater ecosystems.

Skills

  • Determine the significance of hydraulic conditions on chemical and biological dynamics in lakes and rivers
  • Analyze oxygen dynamics in freshwater environments
  • Analyze impacts of pollution on biotic communities
  • Use existing pollution indicators for running waters and lakes to assess the pollution of a given location

Competences

  • Work with and analyze biological communities in relation to nutrient dynamics and organic matter cycling in lake and river ecosystems
  • Evaluate methods to prevent and alleviate anthropogenic perturbations in freshwater ecosystems using existing technologies

Type of instruction

  • Lectures

Extent and expected workload

150 hours

Exam

Exams

Name of examLimnologi
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
ECTS5
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentAs stated in the joint programme regulations

Facts about the module

Danish titleLimnologi
Module codeK-BIO-B6-16
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
SemesterSpring
ECTS5
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module

Organisation

Study BoardStudy Board of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental Engineering
FacultyFaculty of Engineering and Science